Lagos, Nigeria; 31st December 2015: In furtherance of its drive to support sustainable communities across the country, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited has teamed up with aid agency, Water Health Nigeria, to provide safe drinking water for residents of communities in Alimosho, Badagry and Abeokuta. 

Speaking at the commissioning of the Water Treatment Plant in Alimosho, the Community Affairs Manager at Coca-Cola, Emeka Mba, observed that no single organization can resolve the continent’s water crisis, but business, civil society, NGOs and government can work together to develop sustainable solutions.

Mba noted “The future of our communities is of utmost concern to us at Coca-Cola, and it is no secret that too many communities lack access to safe drinking water. Through our pan-African platform, The Coca-Cola Foundation, we plan to support access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for 4 million people by 2020”

“Our Refresh Africa Initiative, which is supported by over 140 partners is another programme through  which  we are building sustainable communities, catalyzing investment in clean water access, improving water and sanitation access for school children, replenishing more than 2 billion liters of water annually back to communities and nature, while empowering women through clean water access and entrepreneurship.” He added.

According to the Chief Technical Officer for West Africa at Water Health Nigeria,   Krishna Mohan Rao, “Approximately 1 in 8 people lack access to safe water supplies. Water Health offers an immediately deployable strategy for processing healthy drinking water in underserved communities, delivering scalable and sustainable solutions to purify any source of water to WHO- quality drinking water standards.  We are committed to increasing the adoption of safe water practices and employing local residents in each community.” 

The partnership between Water Health and Coca-Cola began in 2014, to provide one million children across 2000 schools in developing nations with purified water, as part of Coca-Cola’s Child With Water (CWW) initiative. The two organizations also plan to continue raising social awareness of clean drinking water through educational programs.